Pandemic Lockdown Closed 30 Percent of Pennsylvania Businesses, Second Most In Nation
December 31, 2020
Federal data shows pandemic restrictions forced three in 10 businesses statewide to close, at least temporarily, ranking Pennsylvania second only to Michigan in terms of economic lockdown impacts.
Still, the number of businesses that received federal aid in Pennsylvania for complying with these closures didn't even crack the top 20, leaving many employees seeking jobless benefits in a system too crowded to handle the influx of workers – more than 1.2 million in March and April alone – witnessed at the onset of the pandemic.
State Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Monongahela, blamed one perso...